Anquetil & Poulidor

It was no new experience for Raymond Poulidor to find himself in 1976 battling to become the top Frenchman in the Tour with the whole population of race followers ranged like an invisible host of angels at his back. It was simply gratifying to experience it once more at forty: Poupou tu es le papa indeed.

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Glamorous to the extreme

The gruppetto grind their way up the final switchbacks to the finish line at Arcalis – only to have to turn around and descend in the pouring rain to the buses down below. Lotto-Soudal had their van around the 2k to go mark, so Andre Greipel finished, descended to the van, then got changed on the side of the road. Glamorous to the extreme.